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david petraeus spent his last fourth of july as commander of the u.s. forces in afghanistan. he met with american troops in the war zone, and just two weeks before heading home to take on his new job as cia director, he spoke one on one with nbc about america's mission. >> happy fourth of july to all of you. >> reporter: it's his eighth fourth of july in a combat zone, but the last in uniform for general david petraeus. he spent the day visiting some of the thousands of u.s. troops stationed in afghanistan. a farewell tour for a general many consider a rock star who found himself asking these tough as nails troops to just relax. >> the best way to relax is to put your hands in your pockets. that means you right there. go ahead. in fact, i'll put them in my pockets, too, here. >> reporter: credited with helping turn the iraq war around, petraeus was tapped by president obama a year ago to do the same in afghanistan. he admits it hasn't been easy. >> i never felt we could flip afghanistan the way we were able to flip iraq. >> reporter: a tough situation, but he insists not hopeless. >
night between front line troops in afghanistan and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen who's visiting them this weekend. somewhat unbelievably, several u.s. troops said their major concern was not getting paid because of this budget fight in washington. in response, mullen was blunt. he said it would be devastating. well, today our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski followed up in an exclusive conversation with admiral mullen. >> reporter: brian, admiral mullen fully expected to talk to the soldiers and marines about the war here in afghanistan. not the one in washington. >> they weren't talking about afghanistan. they weren't talking about the fight they were in. this isn't surprising, but when you're deployed you want to make sure everything's okay at home. >> soldiers and marines in the middle of a war zone worrying about getting paid. >> they always worry about getting paid. they just sort of expect it to happen. >> reporter: you said that if, in fact, paychecks were held up, that many in the services would be devastated by missing a single paycheck
. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> if you plan to celebrate the 4th here in d.c., here's the lineup for tonight. the capital 4th concert will begin at 8:00. the fireworks kick off around 9:15. we'll have a live report on that. that's coming up in our next half hour. the smithsonian metro station and most roads around the mall will be closed. so you might want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. you can also go to nbc washington.com for more details. >>> a day at the beach came to an early and abrupt halt at sandy point state park in maryland today. authorities say a young boy draund drowned after disappearing in the water. elaine reyes has more on what went wrong. >> reporter: at sandy point state park, the sights and sounds of summer are everywhere. on this july 4th holiday, there's also tragedy. >> there were some people with some earphones -- headphones, like scanning the water and everything. they had mentioned that some
personal struggles. >>> the new secretary of defense in afghanistan with a striking new assessment of al qaeda. >>> final edition for a tabloid caught up in its own scandal. is there more to come? >>> and royal treatment. will and kate bring their charming style to the u.s. carrying on a long family tradition. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. betty ford, a former dancer, stay-at-home mom of four, and wife of a michigan congressman, never could have imaged the strange circumstances that in 1974 would land her and her husband, gerald ford, into the white house, but for a role she was unprepared for, first lady of the united states, she made a lot of it and changed thousands if not millions of lives in the process. betty ford died last night in california at the age of 93. she was known for speaking her mind, even when it didn't jive with her husband's political agenda, but she is best remembered for putting a public face to some awfully personal struggles and inspiring americans, particularly women, in ways no other first lady had. >>> at the ford museum in g
half brother of the afghan president, he was extremely influential in southern afghanistan, but very controversial too. karzai was rumored to be involved with the opium trade. karzai helped nato forces bring local leaders and the taliban to the negotiating table. he was shot and killed at home today by his bodyguard. the taliban has claimed responsibility for that attack as noted. but there is skepticism about whether or not they really had anything to do with it. >>> president obama met with congressional leaders late this afternoon in another effort to reach a deal on the nation's debt limit. republicans proposed a short term deal, it runs out when the president's term expires. steve handlesman reports. >>> as republicans turned up the heat on him, president obama wand if there's no deal to raise the debt limit, 20 billion in social security benefits, payments to veterans and the like. 70 million checks might not be mailed. he spoke to cbs. >> i cannot guarantee those checks go out on august third if we haven't resolved this issue. >> mitch mcconnell fired back saying, the problem
. they include, of course, those who have died in iraq and afghanistan in tonight's making a difference report, we meet an exceptional group of women who have lost their husbands or fiances in those wars and have joined forces to help themselves heal and to embrace life. nbc's peter alexander has their story. >> reporter: they are fun-loving and fearless. a brave group of women with something else in common, too. they are all military widows. who lost their loved ones in iraq and afghanistan. taryn davis was 21 when her husband, michael, was killed by a roadside bomb in iraq in 2007. >> one of the last things i said to him was i love you more than life itself. >> reporter: living without michael is an everyday struggle. >> when i went out into the world i just felt like they didn't want to embrace who i was. which was a military widow. and in the back of my mind, i'm thinking, that title, it symbolizes my husband's sacrifice and my own. and if i can get through it, maybe one day it can signify my survival. >> reporter: to help her own healing, taryn began reaching out to other widows. but talk
the ongoing combat in afghanistan. mexico matmatters. it's the most important country along with canada on the face of the earth. >> gang violence claumed the lives of 15,000 people last year alone. it's estimatedt 1200ó[Ñiw3Ñiw3 president felipe calderon declared war on organized crime in 2006, some 40,000 people have been killed in the cross-fire of gangs fighting for lucrative drug routes into the united states. >> this is not just a drug fight. this is a struggle for the future of mexico. >> reporter: but with so much rampant killing, many question the mexican government's ability to successfully win its war on drugs. kevin tibbles, nbc news, new york. >>> back now on this side of the border, for all their glamour, the duke and duchess of cambridge, william and kate, spent part of this day in one of the less glamorous parts of los angeles as they wrapped up their visit to north america. nbc's kate snow is there for us tonight. kate, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. it is just about over now. the duke and duchess just arriving at l.a.x. they will be leaving shortl
moment of unity. the army's 170th infantribury good day in afghanistan held its breath on every kick. while around the world, this was the cheer. >> usa! usa! >> usa! >> reporter: in new york's times square. >> they've got the guys rocking the women's jerseys. it feels really good. >> reporter: suburban los angeles. >> i look up to every single one of them. >> reporter: and a sports bar where expats and tourists stood for the national anthem. in the twitter verse, thousands of fans tweeted support including justin timberlake. lans armstrong and president obama who watched the game with his family. while in frankfurt dr. jill biden and chelsea clinton represented the white house. a former soccer mom herself. >> you must be so excited! >> reporter: biden thanked the parents of the team. >> it's the moms and the dads who are behind their children and who get them to where they are today. >> reporter: it was not the ending america hoped for. but for some, it was still satisfying. >> whoever wins, i'll be happy, to be honest. >> reporter: now, japan won the cup in plenty of hearts here in
in on the by taking bribes as well as. >>> leon panetta has been to iraq and afghanistan before but never as defense secretary, that happened this weekend, he's only been on the job for 11 days and already those traveling with him say there's been an unmistakable change at the top at the pentagon. our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski is traveling with him and tonight has an exclusive interview with the secretary. >> reporter: the new secretary of defense leon panetta surveyed iraq from a u.s. military helicopter today and was troubled by the landscape below. u.s. no, sir -- u.s. forces here set to withdraw by the end of the year are once again caught up in a war. panetta told a gathering of soldiers today the killing must end. >> my first responsibility as secretary of defense is to make damned sure that we do everything necessary to protect you. >> reporter: panetta pressured iraq's top officials to send iraqi military officials out to hunt down the attackers. in an interview with nbc news, panetta suggested if not, american combat forces would do the job. >> all i can tell you is i do have
's newspapers. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop presidential hopeful michele bachmann. she owns a christian coun
, that relatives of british soldiers killed in action in afghanistan or iraq were themselves alleged victims of cell phone hacking, their messages and voice mails also eaves dropped upon by whoever at the "news of the world" was responsible for it. and that's what thein queerers are supposed to determine. in event, the son of rupert murdoch commented today. >> clearly the actions of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in, that i believe in, and that this company believes in. >> reporter: there are published reports that perhaps as many as five additional people at the paper might be arrested and charged by the end of the week. mike taibbi, nbc news, london. >>> that's news4 at 4:00. news4 at 5:00 starts right now. >>> first at 5:00, casey anthony's sentence for lying to police, and tonight we know exactly when she will walk out of jail. >> dirty politics are a simple mistake. who is responsible for flipping the switch on a water fountain during a local mayor's big campaign speech. >>> wildlife in the suburbs. a local community is on
in iraq and afghanistan. authorities also say its tabloid called news of the world tapped into voice mails of families of murder victims. one case involved a teen abducted and killed in 2002. they say the tabloid deleted voice mail messages on her cell phone which gave her family false hope. news international's owner rupert murdoch calls the new allegations unacceptable. >>> it is now 6:26, 73 degrees. coming up next at 6:30 the construction project starting today that will shut down part of a busy intersection in prince george's county. >>> the out-of-control crash right into a bakery. how and where this happened overnight. these sweet honey clustery things have fiber? fiber one. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? uh, try the number one! i've never heard of that. [ wife ] it's great. it's a sweet honey cereal, you'll love it. yeah, this is pretty good. are you guys alright? yeah. [ male announcer ] half a days worth of fiber. not that anyone has to know. fiber beyond recognition. fiber one. >>> this morning we'll learn the s
david petraeus is spending his last independence day as u.s. commander in afghanistan at a re-enlistment ceremony in kandahar province today. he was confirmed to become the director of cia last week. >>> one more thing to be proud of the u.s. special olympics team and new cache of gold medals in athens, team usa celebrates the closing ceremonies of those games today. >>> it is now 7:09. back to savannah, willie, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather al has the morning off. let's get the weather from maria la rosa. what's the holiday forecast of you know what, a great july 4th for a lot of people, a typical july day. some showers and thunderstorms expected across the tennessee, ohio valleys, parts of the southeast as well and across the west, lots of sunshine. let's see how it's going to impact fireworks displays tonight. your evening forecast showing a few areas of showers and thunderstorms again in the tennessee southeast, tennessee valley in the southeast, also the northern plains. of course the big
the insination, allegation that relatives of british soldiers killed in action in afghanistan and iraq were themselves alleged victims of cell phone hacking. their messages and voice mails also eaves dropped upon by whoever at the "news of the world" is responsible for it. and that's what the ininquiry is supposed to determine. the son of rupert murdoch did comment. >> clearly the practices of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in and i believe in and this company believes in. >> reporter: there are published reports that several people, perhaps as many as five additional employees of the paper may be arrested and charged by the end of the week. mike taibbi, nbc news, in london. >> more than 4,000 telephone hacking victims have been identified by scotland yard. >>> families of the victims of the london transit bombings also are thought to have had their cell phones hacked by investigators for that paper, "the news of the world." those families were absorbing that news today as they marked the sixth anniversary of that terror attack
to pay tribute to the country's combat role in afghanistan. >> i'm really excited. yeah. >> reporter: canada rolled out the red carpet for these royals. spectators, young and old, showed up for a glimpse of the glamorous pair. some waiting more than six hours. and kate's fashion influence filled the crowd. how important is she as a fashion icon? >> pretty important. >> pretty important. >> reporter: from fascinators to a tennis dress, and of course there were plenty of flowers for a potential future queen. >> she bent down and chatted with you, didn't she? >> she asked us what's our name. and she said the flowers were very pretty. >> reporter: would you like to look like her when you're grown up? >> yes. >> reporter: william and kate's trip reminded more than a few here of another royal couple, prince chalks and diana visited the country in 1983 just a couple of years after they married. >> i was here covering charles and diana's trip to ottawa and william was just a baby at that time. so for me, it's quite poignant to come here, seeing him now married and representing his country. >
angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangelo calhoun led her friends and family in the classic cheer. soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> the nfl and the nba have been locked out. baseball going with the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something americans can see and feel proud of these women going out there and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup by defeating the number-one team in the world. ann? >> ann thompson, thank you very much for your report. i'm glad you got all of that team usa paint off of your face. >> i was working yesterday in the newsroom. no one was working. everyone was cheering. we got it on the air. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the mo
in afghanistan and iraq. they have blogged on their website. >> i don't know what monkey butt is. >> very anti-monkey butt. >> basically chafing season. it gives you a red booty. this has calamine in it to stop the itching and talc to absorb. i'm just the messenger. but this is amazing. >> i learned way too much about monkey butt. >> bobbie thomas, thank you. >>> still to come this morning, they're crazy for tomatoes. they're plain old crazy. the scotto family whipping up an italian feast. but first, these messages. ♪ i can run just like the wind ♪ i will hide up in that tree ♪ no one will ever find me ♪ wish this day would never end ♪ ♪ would you like to be my friend? ♪ ♪ everybody's trying hard to catch me ♪ [ sneezes ] [ female announcer ] only kleenex® brand has sneeze shield in all its tissues to help catch sneezes in their tracks so kids can pass on the fun of being a kid. sneeze shield your kids wherever they go. now in new convenient on-the-go packs. ♪ that comes from a leafkids sweet surprise ♪rue love ♪ ♪ it's natural, guilt-free no artificiality ♪ ♪ it
of the morning. good morning. >> good morning. a suicide bomber in afghanistan at sass nated the mayor of kandahar overnight. the taliban claimed responsibility. this as u.s. officials issue new warnings that the death of osama bin laden ratcheted up the risk of anti-american violence worldwide. the counter terrorism remain optimistic saying that al qaeda is on the brink op all-out collapse. >>> house democrat has been arrested outside the white house during the protest against u.s. immigration policy. it was the second time the congressman from illinois had been arrested at a white house demonstration. he has since been released. >>> meantime, congressman david wu from oregon now says he will resign as soon as the debt ceiling crisis is resolved after allegations of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old girl. >>> senators are blasting airlines for hiking ticket prices as the faa undergo a partial shut down, this after congress failed to pass legislation last week to keep the agency fully operational. and while the faa is on hold, airlines are not able to collect ticket taxes which add
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